The Christian Science Monitor reports today that a number of URL shortening services have agreed to cooperate by sending data to a common storage mechanism created as an archive for this purpose.
There has been a good deal of discussion — and concern — recently about the fate of shortened hyperlinks should another shortening service close down, as tr.im did not long ago. The hope is that this archive, currently hosted and managed by Gnip, will preserve crucial linkage between long and short URLs even despite the failure of a service.
The CSM reports that “Bit.ly, Twitter’s default link . . . [more]